Reported in the Guardian. I understand the move towards broader ‘umberella’ terms for diagnoses. I have seen numerous children go without a diagnosis because they did not ‘tick enough boxes’ to meet the rigid criteria for any particular condition. Hopefully broader definitions will help with this.
However, it means that statements (or care plans, or whatever it is going to be) will have to be very clear about each child’s strengths, difficulties and needs if this is going to be less obvious from thier specific diagnosis.
I will be interested to see the ‘specifiers’ included under ‘autism spectrum disorder’.